to Advanced climbing Course - Total Alpinism
Learn the latest and/or refresh your mountaineering, rock and
ice climbing skills and knowledge on an Alpinism and Ski intermediate
to advanced climbing course in New Zealand.
About our intermediate to advanced alpine climbing instruction
The Total Alpinism course is aimed at alpinists and climbers who
want to learn/improve their technical mountaineering skills to attempt
the huge array of peaks of New Zealand's Southern Alps and/or the
greater ranges of the world. It covers some alpine rock skills but
is geared towards snow and ice, which New Zealand is renowned for.
This course will be run either in Mount Cook, Westland or Mt Aspiring
Nat. Parks, depending on prevailing weather systems and conditions.
All these mountaineering areas are ideal venues for a technical
mountaineering course in rugged but beautiful glaciated terrain;
with excellent training peaks for participants to apply their skills,
under the watchful eye of their expert mountain guide.
Some skills and knowledge are particular to the New Zealand mountains
but most are applicable to any mountain range/terrain in the world.
You will be taught to the latest international standards.
Intermediate to Advanced Climbing Course Objectives
- ice climbing, alpine rock climbing
- anchor selection, placement and set up
- intermediate-advanced crampon techniques
- equipment selection
- route planning and mountain weather
- glacier travel
- crevasse rescue - mechanical advantage systems
- rock rescue
- rope handling, abseiling, belaying, knots
- climbing roped up - moving together on runners/ridge travel
- avalanche awareness
A previous background of rock climbing, trekking or a beginners/basic
climbing course is desirable, as is a good level of fitness for
Logistics for our Total Alpinism courses
|Length of trip:
||Alpine glacial setting eg Fox or Franz neve, Mt
Aspiring or Mt Cook climbing region. This will depend on weather
and conditions at the time of the course.
||Drive to Fox glacier or Mt Cook village, fly to
hut. Fly out of venue. Return drive to Wanaka.
||Guiding fee, hut fees, local accommodation, GST
of 15 %, party technical equipment e.g. rope, stove, fuel, ground
|Price doesn't include:
||Personal clothing and equipment, flights in and
out of mountains, personal rental equipment. More
contact us anytime: e-mail
In need of top notch mountaineering instruction course?
look no further, mountain guide Gaz will deliver
next in the Swiss Alps during July and August 2019
get in touch to help you organise a course tailor made for you
All instruction courses in NZ with Gary Dickson, IFMGA/NZMGA mountain
guide, are now in collaboration with
Guides (Aoraki) Ltd.
will go through their office and will be subject to their booking
conditions. Trips with Gary will be run as per AGL's concession
and safety management system requirements.
Pre-trip information and discussions are available
from us anytime.
Our Instruction Clients on Total Alpinism Courses
"Thank you for everything: for great hospitality; for good food; for hitching us a lift on a helicopter; for making us jump off a cliff; for taking the piss eternally for a couple of minor slips (who needs ice screws and belay plates anyway?!?); for putting up with Rob's failure to grasp the two of spades; for clear, helpful hints guiding and instruction wise; and for making us think 7 no trumps, not 6 spades!
Seriously though... it's been a great six days. The choice of location was top notch, the cooking was cracking, the routes you picked were brilliant and it was a great laugh to learn from you - a good combination of clear instruction, deep patience and taking the piss when appropriate! You both made our time in NZ very, very memorable. Thanks a million and best wishes".
Lorna & Rob, UK
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